Being Miss Maumee Valley

Monday, March 06, 2006

Happy Spring Break!

It seems to have come early, but I’m not complaining; it’s Spring Break for BGSU. Actually, according to this website, 1,338,628 college students are free this week. As my platform is successful higher education, I feel the need to go into responsible mode and warn against the negatives that this much needed academic hiatus can create. Below are some articles and tips to heed for a fun and safe time.

First, check out:
MSNBC's Be Street Smart on Spring Break- Former FBI Profiler offers 7 tips.

Second, from The University of Wisconson- Madison:

Although many students go home, work or stay on campus, others travel to destinations such as Cancun, South PadreIsland or Panama City.

However, because such trips frequently involve the combination of large crowds and alcohol, it is particularly important for students to be aware of their own safety and the safety of their friends.

Here are some safety tips to consider:

Travel with a reputable travel agency. Know what kind of transportation, housing, and food and beverages are included in your travel package. If you don't know anything about the travel agency call the State Consumer Protection Division to find out if there are any complaints against the agency.

If you plan on drinking as part of your spring break experience, consider the following:

Know the alcohol laws at your destination. Ask your travel agent for information on age of consumption and local laws regarding alcohol use. Some areas will ticket for open intoxicants, while others may have stiff penalties for public inebriation.

Plan ahead on how much you plan to drink. Talk with a friend about when the friend should intervene and make a plan for how you will return to your hotel. Stay with someone who knows you when you are drinking -- don't wander off alone. Make sure that someone in your group is not drinking or is drinking responsibly so that they can get everyone home.

Don't assume that someone you've just met will look out for your best interests.

Keep in mind that more people are sexually assaulted by acquaintances than by strangers.

Only accept drinks from a licensed bartender or drinks that you pour yourself. You put yourself at risk for receiving an altered beverage if youdon't know the source of the drink. If a friend feels sick, don't leave them alone.

If you feel sick, ask someone to look out for you. If a member of your group passes out, turn them on their side to prevent choking and call 911 immediately.

Don't horseplay or climb on balconies. Never sit on railings and always keep both feet on the floor at all times. Falls from balconies, even those on lower floors, can be fatal.

Don't carry all of your credit or bank cards in your wallet or purse. Carry the minimum amount of cash that you will need, including a little backup. Traveler's checks are your best bet when on vacation. If you have extra cash, leave it in your hotel room, hidden from sight.

Make sure your friends and relatives know where you will be vacationing, when you will depart, and when you expect to return. Call friends or family members to let then know that you have arrived and returned safely.

If you are robbed, don't resist -- give up any money, jewelry, or other valuables. You can always replace material things. Call 911 as soon as you can.

Finally, we can’t all go lay on a sunny beach… for those of you who do go home, it may take some readjusting to being under someone else’s roof again. College students become very independent, so returning to a world of curfews and parenting can make for a less than relaxing break. Students, parents and siblings should all be aware of this challenge and willing to address it with open communication. Check out the three links below for more.

Returning to the 'Rents-What the college guidebooks don't tell you about spending vacations at home
From the

When College Kids Come Home for the Winter Break, Stress and Tension Can Mount
From Washington University in St. Louis

You CAN Go Home Again- Strategies for Freshmen Going Home for the First Summer
From The University of Wisconsin- Eau Clair Counseling Services


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